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Posted: 16/11/2018 16:59:10
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Thinking of my friends on here, an advance order has reduced Lynx X_12 to the last remaining headset. Happy to take advance order but could be after Christmas before lamp ready as awaiting Tesla cells for power bank anyway.

Could be that last commercially produced 7K lumen caplamp to ever be seen. I have one of my own that wont be for sale, no way.

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Posted: 07/12/2018 17:28:11
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Just a question Roy about a lynx X1000, if the blue battery level indicator lights stop working when you turn it upside down is it a sign of impending doom? The lamp is working as usual but not the level lights, unusually I stored my helmet upside down after last using it about 6 weeks ago as I usually hang it on a hook on the back of a door and wondered if this may have effected it.
I can live without it although I just wondered if it was perhaps an electronic precurser to total darkness Smile

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Posted: 08/12/2018 13:00:41
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All the lamps which indicate battery level by turning upside down do so by means of a gravity switch.
I have known these fail by sticking in the past, although rare.
Its a 5 minute replacement.

If the battery is charging and performing as expected in use, its no cause for concern, although inconvenient.


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Posted: 08/12/2018 21:48:40
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royfellows wrote:

All the lamps which indicate battery level by turning upside down do so by means of a gravity switch.
I have known these fail by sticking in the past, although rare.
Its a 5 minute replacement.

If the battery is charging and performing as expected in use, its no cause for concern, although inconvenient.

Thanks for the reply, Its been working perfectly otherwise Smile

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Posted: 07/01/2019 16:24:25
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A few lamp related things for the New Year

#1
The kwan wrote:

Just a question Roy about a lynx X1000, if the blue battery level indicator lights stop working when you turn it upside down...............


Turn it upside down and give it a tap with apiece of wood, quickest fix yet!

#2 NAMHO 2019. The "committee of one" is quite busy with this up until July, this and other matters means that service may fall back slightly. Stock levels, response to inquiries etc. Sorry cannot be helped.

#3 Good news for some at least. The big bat cooker may not be dead yet, there may be a Scorpion version, but very likely 2020 before any available. See above.

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Posted: 22/01/2019 19:00:15
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Some news

The Scorpion TGX is now available, but only 2 in stock.

I was awaiting feedback on the switches fitted as push button switches have given problems in the past with Derbyshire mud.

People have requested custom X_Basics fitted with toggle switches for this reason, I happily supplied them but counsel against these for hard use as I have seen them bent and broken. Hence my support for push buttons. I settled on one that is IP 68 5 metres submersion, stands proud, and is 8 Newtons pressure, as a rider against mud. It seems I am right.

The following is honest comment from "Mark" a Speedwell digger. I dont pay shills, I leave that to others. His X_Basic was paid for normally and the upgraded switch the only favour in return for a honest assessment.

Reads:

"I have now used my upgraded Lynx X_Basic on three further digging trips into speedwell cavern. I made no attempt to avoid mud covering the new switch, and changed the brightness of the lamp at least twenty times on each trip. After repeated muddy fingers pressing the button, the switch did require noticeably more pressure for it to work. With extra pressure the switch worked reliably.

Washing the switch in between trips has restored the switch pressure to new.

I would now recommend this lamp to anyone looking for a reliable personal caving lamp at minimal price. I have not found a better lamp for the price. The closest competition are Fenix’s HL55 and HP12. These are a similar price to the Lynx (when the battery and charger is taken into account) but with only a single 18650 battery."

The Dragon has recently been upgraded to its present form, he bought one for his wife, here goes:

Grace (Dragon EX lamp user):

"The lamp fitted onto my Petzl Elios helmet with just two holes drilled at the front. Mark attached the battery pack with three cable ties (no need to drill holes).

It was easy to change the light levels, the switch was easy to use, even wearing thick neoprene gloves. I am happy with the lighting: with the switch down it is good for ordinary caving - the right amount of light.
High beam was useful for seeing more distant objects. I used the middle and lower switch positions for digging, both were good.

We came upon a small phreatic tube which I (the small one) investigated.
The lamp did not hamper my progress at all, whilst giving me sufficient light to see everything using the down-switch position.

I've only used this lamp on one trip and so far and I cannot fault my Christmas present."

A final comment says most in just a few words
"My initial impression is that I don't see how this lamp could be improved."


AS a final note I cannot include this switch with X_Basics for the price, but an extra £10 would cover it.


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Posted: 23/01/2019 09:50:25
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I have had only one occasion when grit caused an issue with my new lamp, Roy. It was in Ogof Ffynnon Ddu and I pressed the button with a very muddy/gritty gloved finger. Some grit stopped the button returning, and the lamp started cycling through its settings. A quick poke and wipe restored it to normal, and the lesson is wipe your finger clean before operating the switch. I have had no problems since. IP: 85.115.54.201
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Posted: 23/01/2019 11:13:32
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If it gets worse Peter, I will give you an upgrade for a tenner plus return. Those switches a lot dearer!

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